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On the beach – self portrait

June 23rd, 2008 4 comments


I attended a demo put on by the amazing Suzie Short this weekend, called Sea and Shore. This is my attempt to use the skills I learned from her. This is a little smaller than a 1/4 sheet on 300 pound Indian village organic cotton paper. I tried to limit the colors I used here to Quin Sienna, Shadow violet, Ult Blue, Turquoise, yellow ochre and pyrrol orange

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Blues Harp – in his hands (Mark Graham)

June 14th, 2008 2 comments

Mark Graham is a talented old time musician who combines good music with humor, a rather unusual combination. I was taken with his skill at working his mouth harp with his large, well made hands. He so kindly permitted me to paint this portrait while he was jamming at Folklife this year.

I was recently contacted by a fellow artist, Robert Campbell. He was inspired by this painting of Mark, because his own father used to play the harmonica many years before. He used Mark’s hands to make this painting:

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Dobro man

June 12th, 2008 No comments


The wonders of the Seattle Folklife Festival include very young people playing very old music. If anyone thought this stuff was going to die out, guess again, it is firmly entrenched in an eclectic few and is being exposed to all ages. I can say with confidence that there are more young people at the festival playing this music than old people.
This is painted on a piece of Indian Village handmade paper, measuring 6″ x 8″. They don’t make this paper any more, and I am hoarding my last few pieces. It is framed with the painting “floating” and it is for sale.

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whimsy kitties

June 9th, 2008 2 comments

This is about being a cat from a cat’s eye view. I have been doing these whimsy kitties on and off, they are all originally inspired by a cat named Enza who I am lucky enough to have living with me.

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Rhythm and Cool

June 6th, 2008 No comments

I saw this handsome man drumming at the Folklife festival. I unfortunately did not get his name, but his face I think I caught. This painting is for sale.

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